When you think about the World Cup you automatically think of the best players in the world, competing against each other on the world’s biggest stage.
But there’ll be one notable absence in Brazil this summer, with Real Madrid and Wales’ Gareth Bale sitting out and watching almost all of his team mates from the comfort of his sofa in his luxury villa in Madrid.
The chances of Wales reaching a World Cup soon are slim, but that doesn’t stop the former Tottenham midfielder dreaming of representing his country at a World Cup finals at some point in his career.
“For any footballer, they would love to play at the World Cup finals and obviously it’s not going to happen for me!” Bale said.
“But it’s obviously a massive goal of mine and of the whole team and something we’re trying to achieve soon.
“Every player wants to win trophies and for me that’s the first thing I want to do, and to be able to qualify and play in the World Cup… realistically I don’t think we’d win it but it would be great just to be there to experience it and create history for our country.”
And Bale believes Wales have a chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, particularly with other top class talents in the side like Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies.
“We’ve got a great group of young players coming through at the moment and we’ve all been together for quite a few years now,” he added.
“So we’re learning all the time and working hard together and hopefully we can get that little bit of luck with injuries and stuff so we can keep getting everyone out on the pitch.
“It’s exciting times and hopefully we can do the job on the pitch.”
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